Please enjoy the November 11, 2020 interview with Lou Holtz below, brought to you by the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series.
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Vice President for
University of North Texas
Dr. David Wolf joined the University of North Texas as Vice President for University Advancement in May 2015. As head of UNT’s development, fundraising and alumni relations programs, he leads efforts to foster engagement with donors and friends, as well as build partnerships with corporate and private organizations.
Wolf has studied at Harvard University, and holds a Ph.D. in higher education from UNT. He has two decades of experience in higher education philanthropy and alumni engagement. Wolf serves as a faculty member in UNT’s College of Education and is a researcher and published author. Alumni involvement at UNT continues to increase under Wolf’s leadership, and his University Advancement team has achieved record-setting fundraising totals for three consecutive years. In early 2019 Wolf and his team secured the largest gift in UNT history. This $30 million commitment from alumnus Brint Ryan established the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.
Prior to joining UNT, Wolf was the executive director for individual, planned and regional giving at UCLA. He also held advancement leadership positions at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama. His earlier career stops include Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and the University of Texas at Arlington.
College Football Hall of Fame Coach
Lou Holtz, a former football player, coach and analyst, was born in 1937 in Follansbee, West Virginia. In 1959 he earned a degree in history from Kent State, where he was a linebacker for two seasons before an injury ended his career as a football player. He went on to earn an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Iowa in 1961, the same year he married Beth Barcus.
Holtz was the first coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games, with 12 career postseason bowl victories spanning more than three decades. Holtz is best known for his 11-year tenure as head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which began in 1985. Within two years he took the team to a major postseason bowl game. He went on to lead the Fighting Irish to 100 victories, including a record 23-game winning streak and the 1988 National Championship.
During his coaching career, Holtz also won conference championships at William & Mary, North Carolina State and Arkansas. He produced the best ever four-year win-loss record for NC State, led Arkansas to six straight bowl games and four Top 10 finishes, and is the only coach in history to guide four different programs to final Top 20 rankings. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
After retiring from coaching, Holtz began working as a studio analyst, primarily for ESPN and SiriusXM Radio.
Chairman and CEO
G. Brint Ryan is founder, chairman and CEO of Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, and the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes.
He earned a combined B.S. and M.S. degree in accounting, with an emphasis in taxation, from the University of North Texas. Ryan was first appointed to the UNT System Board of Regents in 2009 and served as the board’s chairman from 2013 to 2019. He was reappointed in 2015 to a six-year term.
He has received numerous acknowledgements honoring his service and generosity to UNT, including the prestigious Wings of Eagles Presidential Award and a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In February 2019, UNT celebrated the creation of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business through a $30 million commitment — the largest gift in university history — from Ryan and his wife, Amanda.
Ryan was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s inaugural list of the Most Admired CEOs in North Texas. He was also the highest rated CEO in Dallas- Fort Worth and the second highest rated CEO in Texas in the 2017 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, recognizing the Highest Rated CEOs in the world.